Pierre, S.D. — The state of South Dakota is accepting nominations for its Fallen Heroes Bridge Dedication program.
In 2019, Governor Kristi Noem and the South Dakota Departments of Veterans Affairs, Military, and Transportation launched the Fallen Heroes Bridge Dedication Program. The program honors fallen veterans and law enforcement by naming bridges around the state after them. Since the program began four years ago, South Dakota has dedicated 29 bridges in honor of 32 heroes.
The Fallen Heroes Bridge Dedication Committee meets annually in April and selects heroes to honor and the bridges to dedicate that year. Dedication of the bridges are held May through November.
More than 3,000 South Dakotans have paid the ultimate price in service to their country.
Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Greg Whitlock says the memories of the fallen heroes live on in the hearts of their loved ones and the state. He says naming bridges in honor of the fallen provides an opportunity for remembrance, reflection and respect– honoring the men and women who gave their lives in service to this nation.
More information on the Fallen Heroes Bridge Dedication program is available at the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs website.